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Plants which are natural hosts for butterfly larva.

Penstemon baccharifolius

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Common Name: Cutleaf Penstemon
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Red
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 18"
Mature Width: 24"
Description:

New for Canyon’s Edge in 2015. We liked the looks of it in its first year. It has a deep red bloom over deep green foliage on a nice, compact plant.


Penstemon 'Blue Lips'

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Common Name: Blue Lips Penstemon
Bloom Season: Spring to Summer
Bloom Color: Blue
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade

Mature Height: 6"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

This is a penstemon with very nice deep green, ferny evergreen foliage highlighted with deep blue flowers spring and early summer.


Asclepias subverticillata

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Common Name: Horsetail Milkweed
Bloom Season: Mid Summer
Bloom Color: White
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade

Mature Height: 3-4'
Mature Width: 4-5'
Description:

This milkweed is native to Texas and New Mexico. It spreads by the roots and can quickly take over a section of flower bed. We recommend planting it in a bed with a underground border.


Penstemon mensarum

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Common Name: Grand Mesa Penstemon
Bloom Season: Late Spring
Bloom Color: Blue
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade

Mature Height: 30"
Mature Width: 15"
Description:

Stunning cobalt blue spikes in early spring last for nearly two months. Dense mat of evergreen rosettes turn a lovely orange-red in winter. This close cousin to ‘Bandera’ blooms almost a month earlier, extending the season. Restricted to Western Colorado in the wild. Plant Select® award winner.


Penstemon x mexicali 'Shadow Mountain'

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Common Name: Shadow Mountain Penstemon
Bloom Season: Spring to Summer
Bloom Color: Purple
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade

Mature Height: 24"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Lavender-blue cousin to RED ROCKS Penstemon blooms from late spring through the summer. Very adaptable. A Plant Select Award Winner.


Penstemon x mexicali 'Pike's Peak Purple'

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Common Name: Pike's Peak Purple Penstemon
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Purple
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 15"
Mature Width: 36"
Description:

Violet-purple flowers. Narrow, dark green leaves, blooms all summer. Grow in containers, perennial borders, mixed flower beds, naturalistic gardens. Plant Select® award winner.


Penstemon x mexicali 'Red Rocks'

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Common Name: Red Rocks Penstemon
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Rose
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade

Mature Height: 18"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Rose flowers. Narrow, dark green leaves, blooms all summer with deadheading. Plant Select® award winner.


Garden Notes: An easy variety to grow in most growing conditions. Likes some protection from harsh winds and hottest sun. This variety has been a proven performer in our gardens.

Penstemon x mexicali 'Psmyers'

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Common Name: Psmyers Penstemon
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Purple
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade

Mature Height: 24"
Mature Width: 18"
Description:

Plant Select® award winner.


Penstemon x mexicali 'Carolyn's Hope'

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Common Name: Carolyn's Hope Penstemon
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Pink
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade

Mature Height: 18"
Mature Width: 14"
Description:

Plant Select® award winner. Cheerful pink, white-throated tubular flowers and dark pink buds above narrow, glossy green are attractive nearly all summer long. This hybrid between Mexican and American wild penstemons was developed in Colorado to raise funds to support breast cancer research at University of Colorado Cancer Center.


Penstemon x mexicali 'Windwalker Garnet'

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Common Name: Windwalker Garnet Penstemon
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Purple
Water Needs: Little Water Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun Part-Shade

Mature Height: 18"
Mature Width: 14"
Description:

Plant Select® award winner. Unique ruby-red or garnet-colored tubular flowers with striped throats bloom nearly all summer long above narrow, glossy green leaves, forming attractive mounds. This selection is a hybrid between Mexican and American wild penstemons developed by Kelly Grummons in Colorado.